York-Credit Valley Area News Archive – 2013

Moving from a sense of scarcity to a sense of abundance – stewardship weekend

Bishop Poole recently led a weekend on the issues of stewardship, including a theology of money and moving from a sense of scarcity to a sense of abundance in the Church.

Hosted by the Reverend Graham Bland, rector of historic St. George’s Owen Sound, the November 16 workshop attendance included the pastor of the local United Church, members from deanery parishes and a contingent from the parish of St. Athanasius, Orillia. In addition to his Saturday talks, Bishop Poole attended a men’s breakfast, preached at the main service of the day and spoke at a luncheon.

Tongue in cheek?

One participant put it this way. “We, at St. George’s, are still talking about your time with us in the most positive of terms. At our Mutual Ministry group meeting last evening, people referenced your inspirational and challenging messages in your homily and the workshop. Bless you for touching our hearts and minds.”

On the drive back from Owen Sound to Toronto The Bishop listened in pain as the Toronto Argonauts failed to earn a berth in the Grey Cup!! (Note that he wore his Argo sweater.)

Added November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving at Square One Farmers Market

On Friday October 11, 2013, the Deanery of Mississauga (represented by St. Luke’s, St. Hilary’s and St. Peter’s) set up a booth at the Square One Farmers Market and invited people to thank the farmers. Recipes, information on churches, mealtime blessings and crafts for children were handed out – and homemade cookies to all the workers at the market. Some choir members sang Thanksgiving Hymns and drew in large numbers of listeners.

Added November 12, 2013

Visit to Sudanese Congregation

On the afternoon of Sunday October 20, 2013, Bishop Poole visited the Sudanese community worshiping at St. Olave’s.

Every Sunday Afternoon at 3:00 PM the Sudanese Community Church of Toronto hold a multi-denominational and multi-ethnic community service  at St. Olaves, with prayers conducted in both English and Juba Arabic. Singing and praising in other tribal languages is also encouraged.

 Added November 12, 2013

Ordination to the Diaconate

 On Sunday October 6th, at the Church of St. Joseph of Nazareth, Bishop Poole ordained Mark Stephen as a Vocational Deacon .

The service was a joyful celebration of the diaconate. The church was filled with members of St Joseph of Nazareth Church and The Bridge Prison Ministry, all joining together in this wonderful event.

 Added October 16, 2013


Bishop Blesses New Window

During an Episcopal Visit to the Church of St. James the Apostle, Brampton, on Sunday September 15, Bishop Poole blessed a new stained glass window, painstakingly put together by two parishioners.

The window features the St. James the Apostle crest and was made by Marilyn Pearce and Bill Ford, who collectively took 200 hours to create it.

Below is an excerpt from the Bishop’s blessing, highlighting the significance of different elements of the crest:

“Bless this window that the light which shines through it may be a blessing to us and remind us of your true light. May its shells remind us how St. James laboured as we do in our time and manner. May the sword remind us of his faithfulness in facing martyrdom and give us courage to stand for our faith. May the walking stick and ship remind us of all who have travelled the pilgrimage of faith and encourage us as a pilgrim people in our own day. May the pouch remind us of our need to trust in the willingness of God to provide what we need to continue our journey as He provided for those who walked this path before us and now find themselves in the greater presence of God.”

Added October 16, 2013

Musings from Moosonee

2013 Moosonee Clericus

I was most impressed by the clergy of the Diocese of Moosonee, gathered for their Clericus meeting at Camp Bickell, which I helped to lead.

The stories clergy told, without complaining, spoke of significant isolation, deprivation and personal challenge. Things we take so for granted in the south, such as access to health care, drugstore supplies and reasonably priced produce are simply not available to so many of our clergy. The accounts of one cleric being shot by a BB gun and subjected to stone-throwing youth and another finally complaining about her accommodation when she was awoken by mice running all over her bed, have had a lasting impact on me.

Interestingly, the Moosonee clergy wondered how we cope with the horrendous traffic congestion and pollution in the GTA.

The Venerable Elizabeth Hardy offered to a new Deacon a private communion set, first given her by Rev. Sid West. The Deacon was moved to tears knowing that he now had the means to administer communion in people’s homes. Karen and I were shown great hospitality by church people both in the town of Moosonee and the island of Moose Factory.

I look forward to a return visit to the Diocese of Moosonee and have come away with a deeper understanding of this part of our beloved Church.

 Added September 19, 2013


Fifty Years!

St. James, Caledon East, joined together in celebration of  the fiftieth anniversary of Bill Craven’s ordination in May.

Added August 27, 2013

Highlights of Recent Episcopal Visits

  • Celebrations of New Ministry were held for the Reverend Randy Murray at Church of the Advent on April 14 and for the Reverend Jeff Hall at St. Luke, Dixie on May 26. On June 16 there was also a special service combining a Celebration of New Ministry for the Reverend Gus Constantinides with the transition of St. Michael and All Angels from York-Scarborough to York-Credit Valley.
  • The people of St. Mary Magdalene are celebrating the church’s 125th anniversary this year. They invited Bishop Poole to join them on Easter Day.
  • The Bishop was particularly delighted to baptize 83 year old Audrey Giffin during a visit to Christ Church, Brampton on April 7.
  • On Sunday April  21st, the Reverend Mark Leach interviewed Bishop Poole during an Episcopal Visit to Trinity, Streetsville.
  • Havergal College have posted a great set of photos from a visit to the school by the Bishop on Thursday April 25. You can see these via a share on the Diocesan Facebook Page.

Added April 26, 2013 and Updated Added August 27, 2013


Hispanic Ministry’s 10th Anniversary

Parroquia San Esteban, a Hispanic Ministry of the Diocese of Toronto, celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 at The Church of The Holy Trinity, behind Eaton Centre.

Bishop Philip Poole presided and gave the homily for this very special anniversary. The Bishop was very happy because his Spanish pronunciation is improving fast. We enjoyed his presence and we gave thanks to God for this ministry and Bishop Poole’s support. He received an engraved plaque in recognition of his support and encouragement, as did Father Maurice Francois who has been leading the community from the very beginning.

After the Eucharistic Celebration, we enjoyed a great mime presentation and a reception with good drinks and food.

Parroquia San Esteban is a ministry that exists to provide support and to accompany the pilgrimage of hundreds of new immigrants. The result is mixed, many times we are saddened by massive deportations but at other times we share in the joy when people’s papers are deemed to be in order.

We are happy working along with the community of the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto, where we proclaim a liberating and transforming gospel in Spanish and other Latin languages.

Report Received from San Esteban, added March 20, 2013


Reflections from Rome on the Pope’s Election

At first it looked grey. The crowd, waiting expectantly in the pouring rain, had been disappointed before. The pundits suggested it would be days before the divided Conclave would choose a successor to the See of Rome. A few brave souls predicted on this Wednesday evening that the smoke would be white. As we watched, grey suddenly turned to white!! The crowds exploded with shouts and cheers of joy!! The Roman Catholic Church had a Pope! The anxious crowd pressed forward towards the balcony. Viva Papa! Viva Papa!

For quite some time no one knew who had been elected. As we waited, the rituals began and the expectation built. Drums, marching drums sounded off to the right of where we were standing, close to the platform well known for its Papal Audiences. In marched the colourful Swiss Guards. They positioned themselves across the platform.

But all eyes were trained on the balcony, it’s famous red drapery partially drawn. Every whiff of air which caught the white curtain behind drew a cheer from the crowd thinking this was the moment we would see the new Pope. Some began to sing, clap. The rains had stopped, the umbrellas disappeared and the press of humanity warmed up a cold Rome night.

Then the windows were illuminated with light and the crowd roared. A black clad figured emerged to announce, “We have a Pope!” We heard his name, he was Argentinian, he has chosen the name Pope Francesco 1.  The crowd cheered, Francesco! Francesco! Francesco!

The cardinals, who had completed the work to which they had accepted the red zucchetti, appeared at the surrounding windows of the balcony. We waited.

Finally, the curtain parted and out came a white clad male, so far away from our vantage point that he was recognized only on the large screen tv located throughout St. Peter’s Square.

After a few opening words, something which caused those who speak his language to laugh, the new Pope called the crowd to prayer. The quiet was both pervasive and holy.  Tens of thousands of people fell to silence. Then we were led in the Lord’s Prayer and Ave Maria, hearing many tongues reminiscent of what Pentecost might have been like. An avid reminder of the universality of the Christian church. So many people, so devout, joined in prayer, moved me.

A Blessing, a cheer, and he was gone, it was over. History was made. The Cardinals had done their work. The Roman Catholic Church had its Pope.

*  *  *  *  *  *

It was the crowd that caught my attention, as we stood in the pouring rain on the cool Wednesday night in St. Peter’s Square. The umbrellas created a sea of colour for the international news media cameras, located behind and above the square.

The excitement which accompanies a Papal election, was literally dampened by the rain, but it was present.

Behind us, three young women from Chicago, studying for a semester here in Rome, were visibly animated. Nearby a young Italian family whose son reached my waist in height, were also witnessing history. Two groups of nuns dressed, one in blue and one in brown habit, huddled against the cold. Many clerical collars dotted the group. I was impressed by how many young vocations were visible. A young man from Philadelphia introduced his Francophone girlfriend. Not all were young. I was especially touched by the sight of an old priest leaning dependently against a younger man, thrilled to see his Pope being elected.

The election of a Pope has power to attract. The bells of Rome pealed throughout the city to announce the news! Young and old, rich and poor, male and female, from a variety of nations, found their way into the historic square. Some people waved flags. Many in the crowd, us included, were not Roman Catholic, but chose to experience the event.

Instantly Pope Francis 1, who perhaps intentionally chose his name on the Feast of the Canonization of St. Francis Xavier, becomes a world figure. When he speaks people will listen. What will this Pope say? How will he lead his church? How will the crowd react?

From Bishop Poole in Rome, who shared these very special experiences with his wife Karen and with Bishop Linda Nicholls.

March 14, 2013

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